“My Squirrel Days” by Ellie Kemper Book Review

October 25, 2020

“My Squirrel Days” by Ellie Kemper is a 240-page autobiography on Ellie Kemper and her life. Starting as a girl from the Midwest who directed Christmas plays until her lack of sleep and the excessive amount of Swiss Miss she’d been drinking caught up with her, to a celebrity known for shows such as “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “The Office”. “Ellie is a hilarious and talented writer…” Mindy Kaling wrote. Published in 2018, “My Squirrel Days” takes you on a comedic journey of what goes on in this actress’s life. Kemper describes herself as an improviser, a businesswoman,...

When Do You Become “Too Old” for Cartoons?

October 20, 2020

With the beginning of a new school year, sometimes it’s nice to have something to comfort you when you’re feeling nervous about getting older. In my case, I like to watch cartoons or Disney movies I liked when I was younger. So, after recently finding myself sitting at the kitchen table and sobbing uncontrollably at the series finale of “Gravity Falls”, I found myself wondering if I was too old for that. While there are ‘adult’ cartoons, such as “Bob’s Burgers” or “Family Guy”, I always find people thinking it’s immature to watch them. I understand that shows like “Gravity...

Face to face with Reality

Face to face with Reality

October 20, 2020

As online school continues, more teachers are requiring cameras to be on. However, many students have issues that affect being able to keep their cameras on. There are many difficulties that interfere with keeping cameras on during Zoom, these include distracting surroundings, insecurities, social anxiety, being introverted, overthinking and having a messy house. These things all have a negative impact on the students. These negative impacts include more anxiety, lack of communication skills, more distractions, no motivation to communicate with others and constant overthinking about others’...

Guest Column: A Call to the Majority

Guest Column: A Call to the Majority

June 5, 2020

To understand racism as a white individual in America, one must understand their own privilege. Privilege is the ability to breathe. The privilege of being a Thousand Oaks resident is to only understand racism as an abstraction. An abstraction that will capture white America’s attention for a brief moment only to dissipate as if no real people were affected, as if it did not “concern” us. Privilege is living comfortably enough to where you forget race is a problem, so you “don’t see color,” or declare that “all lives matter.” Privilege is being able to comfortably not condone the ...

That's Debatable: Is it Immoral to Raise Prices During a Crisis?

That’s Debatable: Is it Immoral to Raise Prices During a Crisis?

June 4, 2020

When crises like the Coronavirus pandemic occur, it is common for businesses to raise the prices of items. However, is this immoral? YES: Here is a simple economics lesson: if demand is up for an item, the amount of product goes down, making it rarer and more valuable. Therefore, the price should be raised. When news of covid-19 arrived, people flooded stores searching for hand sanitizer, toilet paper, masks, gloves, canned goods, ect. Some people saw this as a money making opportunity and stocked up on the products in demand. They put these items on the market for double or triple the amount...

That's Debatable: Is Animal Crossing New Horizons Better Than Minecraft?

That’s Debatable: Is Animal Crossing New Horizons Better Than Minecraft?

June 2, 2020

NO: Both Minecraft and Animal Crossing are franchises that I’ve played extensively throughout my childhood. Animal Crossing City Folk was one of my favorite games growing up, so I of course had to pick up New Horizons for some Nintendo nostalgia.  Yet, there’s a reason Minecraft has been the game I’ve poured the most hours into throughout my life, and why I keep returning to it whether I’m 7 years old or 17. First off is the replayability. With the progression system in Animal Crossing, it takes ages to work your way through the game's accolades and achievements, leaving you ne...

Learning A Language From Home

Learning A Language From Home

May 28, 2020

Now that almost everyone has had an opportunity to reflect on their current lives and goals, learning a new language seems like the perfect way to spend time in quarantine. While no one should feel pressure to be productive during these difficult times, it can always be fun to try something new or improve old skills. In case you wanted to spice up your daily routine at home, here is a list of some of the best ways to begin your language journey. Listen to music in your target language This is a popular method for a reason. If you want a quick and easy way to brush up on your language...

The Great Outdoors During Quarantine

May 19, 2020

As most of us have been staying inside during these difficult times, it can be challenging to find the motivation to spend time outdoors. From hiking, walking, swimming, or simply enjoying the fresh air in your backyard, the options are limitless when it comes to enjoying nature. That said, some students are getting creative in the ways they’re getting their Vitamin D. “Recently I have been running, doing some pool workouts, and hiking,” freshman cross country runner Matilda Fitzgerald said. “My favorite places to run at the moment are [at] Wildwood trails, Waverly Community Park, Satwiwa...

That's Debatable: Should Schools Require Students to Be Vaccinated?

That’s Debatable: Should Schools Require Students to Be Vaccinated?

May 14, 2020

In the wake of a global pandemic, public school health and vaccinations are hot topics. With this, however, comes the question: should schools require students to be vaccinated? YES: In the midst of a pandemic, the future of in-class schooling for the 2020-2021 school year is looking uncertain. However, the creation and distribution of a vaccine would likely give schools the “ok,” to open for the fall semester. The only factor getting in the way of this are anti-vaccination families. Requiring students to be vaccinated has been an argument for decades. Vaccinations should be mandator...

That's Debatable: Is There a Legitimate Argument to Reopening the Economy?

That’s Debatable: Is There a Legitimate Argument to Reopening the Economy?

May 7, 2020

As the United States heads into almost two months of social distancing, people are beginning to argue that we need to reopen the economy, despite worries that this will increase the amount of Coronavirus cases. Many people think that there is no good reason to risk so many lives by reopening businesses, but it begs the question: is there a legitimate argument to end social distancing? YES: Trust me, I know how easy it is to look as these protesters and assume the worst. How unsafe and selfish it is for them to be violating quarantine right? Why risk infecting yourself or others to protest s...

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